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Now and then, when Hurree needs a holiday, i pinch-hit at Kitabkhana.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Within the last week, two new browsers have been released -- both of which hope to be your first choice for bringing all of that new web content to your desktop.Read the Wired story here.
As regular readers of my blog know, I lost my voice about 18 months ago. Permanently. It’s something exotic called Spasmodic Dysphonia. Essentially a part of the brain that controls speech just shuts down in some people, usually after you strain your voice during a bout with allergies (in my case) or some other sort of normal laryngitis. It happens to people in my age bracket.Read on.
We saw on TV a short while ago (and we can't find the NDTV link, so here's one from the Hindu) that the one and only megastar now has an honorary doctorate from Andhra University to go with his Padma Bhushan. We know this will please at least one resident of our blogroll. You know who you are.
: Mike, du-u-ude. That's nuts. You're crazy, man. Nine months' worth of music? You could have a full-term baby without ever playing the same song twice.and
This is not about denigrating the comic book, or graphic novel, or whatever you want to call it. This is not to say that illustrated stories don't constitute an art form or that you can't get tremendous satisfaction from them. This is simply to say that, as literature, the comic book does not deserve equal status with real novels, or short stories. It's apples and oranges.Both from the same column by a chap called Tony Long.
Thankfully, before we cancelled our subscription (which, we now realise, would have been difficult, because ever since we quit the agency scene, we have only read the online edition), we found this delicious take on pimping up one's MySpace page. [Required reading for all bloggers, Ryzers, and any others who tart up their pages with bundles of junk. Us? We only have a Sitemeter. And Flickr. And Blogrolling. And a some badges. And .. never mind. We'll shut up.]
Monday, October 30, 2006
Meant to do this an age ago, but didn't get down to it.
Please meet our old pal, former fellow wage slave and drinking buddy, erstwhile resident of Bombay and Dubai, now domicled in the frozen wastelands, Tony. He stands alone amongst our imbibing companions of choice; he's the only one who serves as mean a dish of pork vindaloo as he pours a beer. So, extra-highly recommended: his food posts.
We went to our first blogparty type thingy this weekend. We were gonna tell you all about it, but the others have, and we've always been a lazy sod, so here ya go: our generous host, Sakshi, that Varma boy, the faymbus Mistah Vij, Melody of the bunny ears, the back-from-sabbatical-Gaurav, the battler-with-dragons, Saket (Saket 1 - Dragons 0), and IdeaSmith (all in black, with litte red horns). Also present: the Varma's better half, Chronicus Skepticus (who, coincidentally, we had visited for the first time just that morn), that talented photographer Akshay Mahajan, a very quiet Anand Agrawal, and three of Sakshi's pals, who stayed firmy rooted to the other side of the room.
And now I lay me down to sleep.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Way back when we were still earning a regular monthly salary (and PF, and medical, and conveyance, and Diwali bonusses.. sigh), a Very Senior Person in our organisation used to deliver these occasional little mini-speeches about the business world, because we lower mortals needed to be kept informed. And because he was this incredibly brainy sort, he would kinda break things down for us slower types by equating everything with some kind of, um, inter-personal activity. Like "X Group is courting Y Company," and "Q Ltd and R Inc are in bed together, but are not married yet," and, well, you get the drift.
Yennyway. FOnD* memories wafted back to the forebrain when we read this on Slate:
If the Internet were not a bookstore, or tubes, but rather a red-light district, YouTube would best be imagined as the hotel, and Napster, well, the pimp. YouTube, like a hotel, provides space for people to do things, legal or not. It's not doing anything illegal itself, but its visitors may be. But Napster, everyone more or less now admits, was cast as the pimp: It was mainly a means of getting illegal stuff. Right or wrong, we seem to accept the benign vision of YouTube as an entity which, unlike Napster, was basically born as a place to showcase stupid human tricks.
* Yes, there is a reason for the irregular capitalisation.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Interdoocing: Blogolepsy - http://blogolepsy.blogspot.com/
ReasonsWe (Uma, Falstaff, J.A.P., Megha, Krish, Neha and yours truly) haven't exactly been regular with updates there, but p'raps your patronage will prod us into some activity. :)
Do drop by and let us know what you think. And pass on to interested souls.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
With the sun behind Saturn.
Clicking on the image will bring up a large (595.77 KB) version of the picture.
This will give you the NASA Planetary Photojournal page, and this, the Cassini-Huygens page from where we found the image, and which also told us:
Cassini scientists discovered two new rings and confirmed the presence of two others.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Y'know, to reallio trulio appreciate a long weekend, you need a nine-to-five, five-day-a-week job.
We, who earn a large part of our not-large income sitting around in our shorts, at our messy desk, two steps away from our bookshelves, and a quick collapse away from our sleeping mat, we who prospect the net for two of our columns, grok the net for the rest of our work, and wander off to exotic spots to write about them every now and then, we who have been known to spend an entire Monday sleeping.. we kinda envy the folks who have gone tearing off to beaches, hilltops, mum's cooking or what have you.
Yes. We really do. Because we've been bored out of our little skull this weekend. All the buddies are out of town, and our net connection was down. Pity us.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Saturday, October 21, 2006
From NH17, somewhere in South Goa. Taken from car window, at approx 80kmph. The driver was a loon!
Ditto, with rather more zoom.
On Sunday morn, you would have seen a dot in the middle of the second bay. That dot would have been this blog. Om Beach, Gokarna.
From the inside of the only beach shack already open for business, somewhere around the bit between the middle and the furthest bay, the rocky bit you see in the long shot. Om Beach, Gokarna.
The rocky bit between bays two and three, up close. Om Beach, Gokarna.
Lady and little boy fetching water from some unknown point. The backwaters (yes, I didn't know you had them in Karnataka either) are in the background. Taken on the way back, also from car window. Damn good driver this time. Drove very fast, but one never felt that he wasn't in complete control of his vehicle. NH 17, Somewhere between Gokarna and Karwar.
Random river that NH17 passes over, somewhere between Gokarna and Karwar. Taken from the car.
And no, this picture doesn't begin to do justice to how beautiful it looked, as one swept down the slope, out from behind trees. Breathtaking. Karwar beach, Karwar.
Taken from the heights of Estuary View. Island just off the Kali estuary, Karwar.
In the grounds of Om Beach Resort, Gokarna.
I think this is a kingfisher. S/he was too far away to see clearly with the naked eye. This was at full 10x zoom.
Hugely delighted with this shot. Again, full zoom, from an armchair in my villa's porch.
From the hill between Om Beach and Kudlai Beach.
This dude was surfing the thermals coming up the hill. Missed the shot when he was overhead, and got lucky as he spiralled back. As far as I know, this is a fishing eagle. Brown body, white head.
Same dude(tte?) making a turn.
Freakishly lucky shot. Must have been about 10, 15 metres away, in a clear blue sky. I (don't tell anyone now) did the yeeha-fist-pump thing when I saw this on the camera display.
From Estuary View, Karwar.
Looked up, saw this guy overhead, swung camera to eye with smooth, swift motion, almost took eye out, clicked.
Three in the bush, erm, tree. Naah. Doesn't have a ring to it.
Close-up of the one who, in the previous shot, was sniffing his under
Vendor (one assumes) of plastic drums and pots making his way from one village to the next. Picture taken from my taxi, as we passed him.
Ugly li'l sod, innit?
Behind the AC unit, its mama decided, was a good enough place to set up home. We wonder why pigeons aren't extinct.
This what that very popular pub called Boat Club (in the Pali Presidency hotel, Bandra) looks like from above. (The letters you see are from the old signage, which is now being replaced.)
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Yeah, yeah, repeat from last year.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Saw this in a BEST (that's Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking, for the non-Bombaywallas) bus the other day.
Our question to you: would you drop off the cheque that pays your cellphone bill into such a receptacle?
Hutch, IOHO, is rapidly losing it. It's just not the same company it was when it was Orange, what with shit like this and other absurdities, like giving us a credit limit (which we didn't ask for) and simultaneoulsly sending us nag SMSes threatening to cut off services because they hadn't got our cheque in time, and other such crap.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
You do not want to be doing anything on the net with that kind of connection. So, faithful reader, no pikchars for you. Heck, we can't even get on to our mail. (So, if anyone's mailed, pliss to hold equine creatures until Sunday, or if it's really urgent, call).
Friday, October 13, 2006
Off to Gokarna this evening, with a pitstop in Goa.
Back soon, with pictures.
Life is good.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Post copy post copy post copy post copy post copy post copy post copy post copy post copy post copy post copy..
Er. Sorry. We got carried away. By this thingy we saw on YouTube. Here's the, er, liner notes, to the video:
And here's the vid.I thoughtwouldn't it be a good idea if there was a band that, instead of playing instruments, just repeatedly spoke the title of their instrument to the tune of the songthen I thoughtNo it'd be terrible and they'd get nowhereSo I tried it
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Nonsense verse that will only make sense (kind of) to Gtalk and Gmail users. :)
Every little while
the dot is seen
to turn to green—
and I, I turn too,
to a brighter hue,
and type out a smile.
But then, but then,
it fades, that glow,
and as we all know,
nothing rhymes with
Monday, October 09, 2006
While on Pogue, Circuits and NYT, do see this column on really simple phones. The kind that gasp just make calls.
His reviews are US-centric, natch, and for some reason he thinks that a unified Recent Calls list is a good thing. But otherwise nice.
A couple of weeks ago, David Pogue, in the NYT's Circuits newsletter, wrote about the time Apple wasn't a media darling. He quoted from reports back then:
* Fortune, 2/19/1996:
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Sunil of Apollon dropped by to tell us that we're the new and improved Blogstreet India's blog of the day today.
Um. We're not quite sure what to think of that.
You see, It's like this. Before they revamped, we were on their Blog Tops lists. And now that they've got it all sorted out, we find, we're still entitled to use this image:
on our site since we're still on both the Top 100 and the Most Influential lists.
We don't mean to sound ungrateful or anything, but heck, we know what our statcounter tells us, and we know that we see some really cool and popular blogs listed below us..
Never mind. We're hot for the day. Bow down and worship, all ye mortals. We have the power of the the high, the middle and the low justice. And the low humour. And ze droit de seigneur. Mwahaha.
Now let's see whether that gets us asked out to more parties.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Tears of joy. Thank ye kindly, Megha (who introduced this to us by saying
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Awesome. Go see 'em all.
(Clicking on the picture above will open a large, hi-res version of the same pic.)
..that these are high performance computers?
Don't click through to the price tags if you have a heart condition. Or you might need some other exquisite wooden housing.
There's a prog here, about which the creator says:
Although I thought I will come back to it someday, I can see that I haven't yet done so. That is why I have decided to publish the source and encourage those who are interested to view it and if possible improve, or complete it. I hope you will let me know about your progress... The program is written in VC++ 6.0, and the source can be downloaded by clicking here.
Note: [*] = The site linked to requires registration.
Zig's on TwitterFollow, all ye who must know more.
We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually produce a masterpiece. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.